Mason Summit – Absentee

Mason Summit – Absentee
When you are a young singer-songwriter and your first release has veterans such as Groover McDuffie (Rita Coolidge), Zander Schloss (The Circle Jerks) and Shawn Nourse (Dwight Yoakam) involved, you have to wonder if the music will live up to the expectations. With “Absentee” the answer is a resounding, “absolutely!” “What We’ll Become” launches the CD with one of those feel good alt-pop grooves that has both a catchy-ness and the right doses of tempered musical prowess. “Walk On Water” has a folkier groove that displays the range both emotionally and tonally of Mason’s wonderful voice. “Jesus Behind the Ice Cream Cart” has subtle punk influences without being too raucous, allowing you to enjoy the tongue-in-cheek lyrics. There are a lot of influences felt here; one moment you can think Lyle Lovett and the next Elvis Costello. Then suddenly there is an intensity ala Green Day. But it all works together marvelously with Mason Summit proving to be another entry level musician who is already quite a bit ahead of the curve. – MW
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